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A new year brought new beginnings and celebration for these two! They chose to take a break from their weekly schedules and daily routines to celebrate and enjoy one another's company. A year prior, Melissa had an accident that could have taken her life, but one year later she has healed and wanted to celebrate that with her husband, Danny!

It's so important to celebrate our victories, big and small! They decided to spend a night at the beautiful, unique Shinola Hotel in Downtown Detroit. Shinola, first known for their watches in Detroit, branched out to the hospitality industry, and I'm sure glad that they did! I was invited along to capture the celebration, the joy, and the immense love shared between these two at Shinola. We also got to stop by one of my new favorite spots, The Brakeman, to hang out, be playful, and celebrate.

As I look at these photographs I remember back to when Melissa first had her accident. Shortly afterwards, she chose joy and thankfulness over sorrow and pity. She chose to see the "brighter" side of the pain. She had to slow down, be present, and I'm sure it truly changed her outlook.

We are all (well, almost all) facing a time where we have to slow down, be present, and I sure hope it changes our outlook. I hope that we, like Melissa, choose joy and thankfulness. I hope that we chose to be grateful for what we have, for the time we have, for the health we have, for the love we have.

I hope that a year from now we are able to look back at this time and celebrate.

All my love,

pop the champagne celebration
celebration with champagne shinola hotel
celebration at shinola hotel
pouring champagne at shinola hotel
black and white photograph pouring champagne
cheers with champagne shinola hotel
creative prism photograph shinola hotel
black and white prism photograph of couple
sitting on a couch at shinola hotel
black and white photograph of couple cuddling on couch
black and white couple looking out window shinola hotel
couple holding hands black and white photograph
couple loving embrace shinola hotel
couple smiling shinola hotel
laying on the bed at shinola hotel
pillow fight at shinola hotel
laughing at shinola hotel